Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Days of Belarusian Culture in Armenia scheduled for 2015

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) – The Days of Belarusian Culture in Armenia are expected to be held in 2015, BelTA learned from First Deputy Culture Minister of Belarus Vladimir Karachevsky.

The nearest event with the participation of representatives of the two countries is the session the CIS Council for Cultural Cooperation due in Belarus in June. The last meeting of the Council was held in Yerevan. It is symbolic that Armenia will hand over the baton to us, said the First Deputy Minister.

From 30 April to 5 May Belarus will be hosting the Days of Armenian Culture, during which the parties are set to discuss a number of joint projects. For example, these may be the joint film production, and also the joint production of the Spartacus ballet by Aram Khachaturian, Belarus’ participation in the Armenian Art Expo. Belarus would like to learn more about this event as it wants to stage a similar expo at home. Interaction between higher education institutions will be considered as well.

Belarus’ first days of culture in Armenia took place in 2005. The return event was held in 2007. In 2004, for the first time in history of bilateral relations, Armenia played host to the Days of Belarusian TV. In 2005 the Days of Armenian TV were organized in Belarus. In 2011, Armenia hosted the Days of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and the Days of Belarusian Cinema.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006